Visit one of Massachusetts’ many nature centers, and you’ll learn about the fascinating world around you.

Bristol County Natural History Center, south of Boston, enjoy live exhibits, ponds, wetlands, beaches, meadows and forest displays. The EcoTarium in Worcester is an indoor/outdoor museum dedicated to exploring the natural world, with three floors of interactive exhibits, wildlife exhibits, nature trails, ponds and award-winning meadows, planetarium and train ride. The Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Western Massachusetts provides nature trails, field trips, an environmental and natural history library, games, educational activities and more.

For something out of the ordinary, Davis’ Farmland and MegaMaze in Central Massachusetts has lots of child-friendly farm animals, and, in late fall, a corn-stalk maze with three miles of pathways and bridges over eight acres.

Love clams? Sign up with Cape Cod Clamming Trips in Brewster, and dig for your own tasty bivalves.

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  • Menemsha Hills

    Chilmark

    The second-highest point on the island, Menemsha Hills contains a variety of habitats - and range of activities - to... more

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  • Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Cambridge

    National historic landmark founded in 1831 as the first garden cemetery. Graves of architect Charles Bulfinch, artist Winslow Homer, authors Henry... more

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  • Northeast Fisheries Science Center

    Woods Hole

    Complete with a walk through aquarium and petting zoo. The center seeks to better understand living resources and their ecosystems. more

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  • Park Hill Orchard

    Easthampton

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  • Patriot Place

    Foxborough

    Adjacent to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place features more than 1.3 million square feet of shopping, entertainment and commercial uses. Major fashion... more

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  • Quabbin Reservoir

    Belchertown

    One of the largest man-made domestic water reservoirs in the U.S. with 57,523 acres of protected watershed. Hiking trails, bird... more

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  • Wesport Town Farm

    Westport

    At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls... more

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  • Whale Center of New England

    Gloucester

    Come see our humpback whale skeleton! We have been conducting research on whales for 30 years. Visit our exhibit and learn... more

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  • Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

    East Falmouth

    Self-guided nature walks and holly trail; barn swallow colony, May-Aug. more

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  • Cape Cod Clamming Trips

    Brewster

    Identify clam beds and dig for clams on the flats in Brewster. more

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  • Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

    Yarmouth Port

    Sea captain's house 8 rooms fully furnished provide a glimpse into 19th century life. more

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  • Featherstone Center for the Arts

    Oak Bluffs

    Featherstone is a community arts center on Martha' s Vineyard which provides excellent year-round arts programs for Vineyarders and visitors... more

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  • Flintlock Farm

    Still River (in The Town Of Harvard, Ma)

    An authentic 225 year old colonial-era New England plantation that hosts events, meetings, weddings, and sells herbs, flowers, and perennials. more

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  • Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen

    East Sandwich

    Green Briar offers natural history classes for all ages, changing art exhibitions, live animal exhibits, a wildflower garden and nature... more

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  • Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

    Stockbridge

    Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their... more

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  • Lloyd Center for the Environment

    Dartmouth

    Nature center with 55 acres of woods and marshland; 5 miles of walking trails; live exhibits and touchtank. more

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  • Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

    Topsfield

    Ipswich River, one of Mass Audubon's largest sanctuaries, offers more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore... more

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  • Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

    Chatham

    Most of refuge is accessible by boat only; commercial service in season; more than 250 species of birds; surfcasting, lighthouse, visitor... more

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  • Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sharon

    Oldest sanctuary (1916) operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society with 25 miles of hiking trails on 2000 acres. more

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  • North American Wolf Foundation - Wolf Hollow

    Ipswich

    North American gray wolves and their environmental roles in a natural habitat. more

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